Republicans in the U.S. House of Representatives have succeeded in locking up a bill that would have enabled the federal government at last to begin living up to a promise it made 27 years ago (see page 13). The measure called for a $2.5 billion increase in spending under the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA).

The legislation, among other things, would have enabled educators to provide more assistive technologies to students with disabilities. A number of highly effective technologies are available now that can give such students a more equal chance to learn at


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